Criminal probe into death of woman hit by Duchess of Edinburgh escort

Helen Holland, 81, was struck on West Cromwell Road and Warwick Road in Earl’s Court, London, on May 10.

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A police motorcyclist who fatally struck a pensioner last month, while escorting the Duchess of Edinburgh, could face criminal charges.

Helen Holland, 81, was struck on West Cromwell Road and Warwick Road in Earl’s Court, London, at around 3.20pm on May 10.

She died in hospital two weeks later, with the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) opening a criminal investigation into the collision.

The authority confirmed on Tuesday that the Met Police officer, who is a police constable, has been informed they are under criminal investigation for the offences of “causing death by dangerous driving” and “causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving”.

The constable is also being investigated for potential gross misconduct.

“Our thoughts remain with Ms Holland’s family, friends and everyone affected by her death,” said IOPC director Amanda Rowe.

“This is a tragic incident and it is important that we carry out a thorough, independent investigation to establish the full circumstances, which will include the actions and decision making of the officer under investigation.

“We have been in regular contact with Ms Holland’s family and we will keep them updated as our investigation progresses.

“At the end of our investigation, we will decide whether to refer the matter to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision and whether the officer should face disciplinary proceedings.”

Ms Holland’s son, Martin, said she died after sustaining “multiple broken bones and massive internal injuries”.

He said she fought “for her life for nearly two weeks… but irreversible damage to her brain finally ended the battle today”.

Mr Holland said his mother was using the “safe route of [a] pedestrian crossing” when she was struck by the motorcycle.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “The Duchess of Edinburgh is deeply saddened to hear that Helen Holland has passed away.

“Her Royal Highness’s deepest condolences and sympathies go to all of Ms Holland’s family.”